Totally Tubular

Have you ever built a chicken coop when it’s 20 degrees outside? It is really unpleasant. I was helping my husband construct our chicken fortifications in frigid winds and freezing my face off when I said to him, “Man, I really need a tube.”

“…A what?”

“A tube, you know. A tube. It goes over your mouth and nose so you can breathe when it’s this cold.”


“It’s a thing. Tubes are awesome.”


They are, too.

Tubular by Melissa Mall (Free Knitting Pattern)

Tommy was not skeptical at all when presented with a tube and, in fact, claims it makes him look like a ninja. Plus, he can use it to warm up his ears.

Tubular by Melissa Mall (Free Knitting Pattern)

A tube is basically a cowl, but a snug, stretchy face-cowl instead of a drapey, elegant neck-cowl. I made mine in seed stitch ribbing for interest and a gentle pull in. This is not rocket science.


Let’s do this thing.


Sizes: Toddler, Child, Adult

Circumference: 17″ (19″, 22″)
Length: 6″ (7″, 9″)


  • Lion Brand Wool-Ease [80% Acrylic, 20% Wool; 197yd/180m per 3oz/85g skein] Ranch Red; 65-125 yds
  • 8/5mm circular needle, 16″ long (OR set of 4 8/5mm double-point needles)
  • Tapestry Needle


Using a cable cast on, co 72 (80, 92) and join into round, being careful not to twist.

Round 1: K around.
Round 2: [K3, p1] around.

Repeat rows 1 an 2 for patt. until 6 (7, 9) inches long. Cast off, weave in ends.


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